Messe Frankfurt, the convener of the Automechanika fairs, has announced the postponement of its flagship Automechanika Frankfurt exhibition. Organisers said the trade show was delayed due to the difficult conditions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and measures taken to stem its spread, including event bans and travel restrictions that continue to be extended on a regular basis.
Automechanika Frankfurt, along with its customers, partners and supporting associations have agreed to postpone the Automechanika Frankfurt event that was originally scheduled to take place from 8 to 12 September 2020. The new dates announced are 14 to 18 September 2021, effectively meaning that the show will be postponed more than a year after its original date.
“It simply would not have been possible for many of the exhibitors and visitors from over 180 countries to take part in the event under the conditions currently prevailing or those expected at that time, said Olaf Musshoff, Director Automechanika Frankfurt. “In agreement with exhibitors, representatives from industry, workshops and retail, associations and partners, we have rescheduled the event for autumn 2021.”
Automechanika Frankfurt will then resume its biennial rotation – the event will now take place in odd-numbered years.
“Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of everyone – exhibitors and visitors alike – taking part in the event,” said Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt. “With waves of the pandemic moving around the globe and many countries not expecting it to peak until the summer, I am certain that the decision to postpone Automechanika until September 2021 is the right one. Over the past two weeks in particular, we have been engaged in intensive discussions with our customers, partners and supporting associations, and they sent us a clear signal. By holding the event in 2021, we are responding to our customers’ wishes.”
18:30 AEST: Story updated with comment from Detlef Braun.